The Wheel of Becoming

English: The Bhavacakra (Sanskrit; Devanagari:...

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Our individual path
weaves us in and out
but choices are ours
to continue around.

The wheel of becoming
transports us places,
bringing trials
that tests our mettle. 

There’s a lower realm
and a higher;
seek the light
or close your eyes. 

Painful lessons
bring us suffering.
Oh, to let go
and find nirvana!

We’re on this cycle
from our past karma.
To break the spinning,
we can release samsara. 

Reality is subjective;
it’s full of traps.
Ignorance clenches
the veil ever tighter.

See with clarity
through the eye of One.
No longer endless,
our births are done.

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  1. Ah, until our births are done…What a fine poem and fine choice of subject, Gayle, and you found the perfect illustration. Very nice! Thank you … and good mroning! 😉 Looks like we are both a-blogging right now …


    • Hi Jamie–I’ve been a-blogging off and on through the day–just now getting to these comments.

      Aren’t we fortunate we don’t remember all those other births?!

      Have a good night–see you tomorrow.


  2. amazing poem jamie, so beautifully described complex words of wisdom.


  3. Beautiful!! (and the image is too…) Thank you!


  4. loved your description of life’s business… we should know what is important.


  5. As a Buddhist, I can relate. Oh, can I relate! Have you ever seen a sand mandala constructed and then dismantled? Talk about a lesson in impermanence…


    • I too am probably more Buddhist than anything else but am very eclectic in my “beliefs”. Yes, I have watched a sand mandala being made (and then dismantled) by Buddhist monks in Washington, DC when I went there to see the Dalai Lama. They were so meticulous in their time consuming, intricate work and then it was gone…

      Oh, yes, I can relate too!


  6. Androgoth

     /  October 14, 2011

    You have written this one extremely well Gayle
    it is almost like paint upon a fresh canvas, and the
    finished result is excellent my wickedly fine friend 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


  7. Beautifully written and worth printing to look at every day. Thanks.


  8. Your inner spirit on display here for all of us to a bask in the light.
    A wonderful write about the journery of finding self.
    Spledid ….
    Isadora xoxo


  9. I love this, Gayle!! This was an excellent tribute. I hope that I will not be coming back again, though I suspect I probably will. There are so many lessons and not enough of them “stick” if you know what I mean. 😛 Sooner or later, though, perhaps. Then again, it might be fun to get to choose to come back and help others….:)


    • Thank you, Corina. I’m with you–perhaps our paths will cross again next time around too…

      Yes, so many lessons and my very thick skull doesn’t always allow them to penetrate. 🙂

      Yes, if we make it to the Bodhisattva stage we can choose to work towards the enlightenment of all other sentient beings–a very selfless gift for mankind. I like that idea too. xo


  10. Thank you for sharing your poem for the Occupy Blogosphere, Gayle. Becoming is my journey on this incredible path that has no end. The discoveries are incredible – especially ones relating to the power of seeking the Light.

    “There’s a lower realm
    and a higher;
    seek the light
    or close your eyes.”

    May we all seek the light.

    Many thanks.



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